As reported, nearly 15,000 posts are lying vacant in the three government bodies against the sanctioned posts of around 42,000, only about 27,000 are occupied at present. Most of these appointments, particularly for the programme cadre and engineers, are made by the Staff Selection Commission (SSC) and the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC).
The I&B minister wants outsourcing for such positions and hiring consultants on a contract basis. These posts have not been filled for several years as Prasar Bharati apparently never projected these vacancies to the recruiting authorities.
Abhinav Prasoon, deputy director in the I&B ministry said: “No directions whatsoever have been given by the Hon’ble Minister of Information & Broadcasting Shri Prakash Javadekar on the issues highlighted in the article. It unfortunately conveys a wrong impression and perception of the Ministry on critical matters. The Government is committed to following due procedures and laid down policies and guidelines with regard to recruitment procedures and managing human resources.”
Rs 4,000 crore are allotted to Prasar Bharati from the ministry’s budget, almost two-thirds of the amount goes on overhead costs, which includes salaries and other HR costs, leaving little funds for fresh content creation or developing studios.